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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 11, 2010 5:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH 1973

Here's a sparkling, transcendent show for anyone who can access this post through the weird glitch that still seems to be continuing on IA ...

William and Mary, 1973. It's a great Phil show from start to finish; he's really on, doing neat stuff, and is high in the mix. In fact, this show seems to be full of amazing moments from everyone in the band, where you just stop and say, "Oh, THAT'S why they had Donna!" or "how can Bill DO that!?!"

Let's see. It starts with a pumping Promised Land where it's clear Phil is going to be a real driver. Race is On is a treat, there's a sweet, rambling Loser, a gorgeous Jack Straw, a slinky barroom crawl through Deal, and a Tennessee Jed (for those on the hunt for Best Jeds) where they just seem to be having a lot of fun, with Keith tickling the ivories in his best juke-joint style.

The China Rider ... wow. BK is driving it in a lot of ways, making it almost march-like, so that it seems touched by the spirit of St. Stephen. I swear there's a UJB tease before it moves into Rider as walkin' around music.

Donna blends in just right during Half Step, Row Jimmy, Weather Report Suite, BIODTL ... this night really shows her at her Mussel Shoals best.

One interesting thing to note is that Martin Fierro sits in on sax during LiG, making it wildly jazzy and quite different; it's not the high point for me (since I tend to like my Dead straight), but it's interesting and must have been fun for the band. Less successful is the sax addition in Let Me Sing Your Blues Away, which just doesn't seem to gel for me. But that's the only tune that doesn't really work that night, IMO.

Dark Star is very much avante-Dark Star: discordant, fragmented, wild, with Phil and Bill driving it into edgy territory until it crashes right off into sonic boom land with a Phil solo and then explodes into Morning Dew.

A few eccentricities here (mainly the sax and perhaps the Dark Star, which may not be to everyone's taste), but all in all, a hot, sweet night in Williamsburg on 9/11/73 ...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-09-11.sbd.lanum.184.sbeok.shnf


This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-09-11 12:20:48

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Sep 11, 2010 7:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

i will definitely check this one out, thanks althea

meanwhile, i'm very curious as to how you were able to start a new thread...?

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 11, 2010 7:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

I hit the start thread button as usual. It somehow worked. This glitch is weird. I'm only getting on the forum by going to the homepage, or getting notified about responses on email. Otherwise I get an error message. I gather it's not just me, and it's not just the GD forum ...

edit: Oh, I should clarify that I somehow got the regular page when I posted this thread. I don't see a way to do it from the homepage. I think I refreshed the browser to get there. But I just tried that again now to test, and it didn't work. Seems hit or miss. Mostly miss.

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-09-11 14:56:40

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Poster: deadmax Date: Sep 11, 2010 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

Thanks AR. I loved your rundown of the songs and since I'm in Hell today (i.e. at work) I can listen to the whole thing probably.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Sep 11, 2010 5:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

Oh geez Althea, what an amazing show...This really is that good. I carry this one close to the vest for sure....Most trash let me sing yer blues away, but I dig it...I think htis show was a reunion of sorts for Wake....Love this show, love it! It is a DDP after all. Thanks for the reminder. I shall give it a spin this evening while enjoying a few cold ones!

EDIT: I just now saw your post Dennis. For me surely its the WRS that stands out...Not so far from finishing Wake and the LIG with the horns is something special..I like the horns Dennis. I mean people dis them left and right, but Im a LOM guy as well...So that means I dig the element the horns bring to the equation. First that is what comes to mind. Next I LOVE this Mississippi as well. Im not sure if it is the time or the fact that it just plain sounds like they are enjoying it. The harmonies are great and they never lose me no matter how many times I listen. The DS> Dew and China>Rider are quite nice as well, and so is the jam in Playin to close the first set. This is a very well played show with no real weak spots imo. Ok, thats what I got for ya...



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Poster: ringolevio Date: Sep 11, 2010 11:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

I'm sold! Hope I get a chance to listen to it later.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 11, 2010 3:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

I'm not a big fan of the Fall '73 East Coast "Horns Tour" but this show IS superb. Clearly the best of the bunch, and better even than the performance(s) in Philadelphia a week later. I think the horns work for this one and jazz it up nicely!

This show has a unique and very cool vibe. Perhaps it was the venue, which the band seemed to like, playing a freebie there the following evening? I'm not sure why this one stands out, but I have loved, loved, loved this show since I was a good natured teenager! Yes, there are some better performances in 1973. Even a few much better shows. But this is still a great performance in my book!

A mellow but nicely jammed China/Rider. A Jazzzy WRS, and a dynamite Dark Star, complete with some amazing work by Phil that makes for a very cool Morning Dew, perhaps my favorite Dew of all time.

Lot's of responses to Althea Rose's post. But very few comments of substance. I'm curious; What do you all think of this one after listening? Anyone like it as much a I do? Or is this another disjointed horn show that never gets into the zone?

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Poster: Jim F Date: Sep 12, 2010 4:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

...another thread i'll have to revisit when I haven't been up too late. But quickly, I also get kinda bored with September 73 myself. Most usually gripe about the horns, but I think a key factor to consider when considering this run is the lack of Dark Star's and Other Ones', as well as cool Playin sandwiches like we started to get on the next tour (though even the standalone Playin's on the horns tour never really reach above average). At that point, for nearing on 2 years, we were used to Dark Star and the Other One being the big jam highlight of the show, as the jams on the two had gotten very tight and were almost always predictably awesome. Here we see the highlights coming from the still-evolving Eyes and the brand new WRSuite. I think that is another factor as to why people don't usually favor the era.

Anyway I think it's probably no surprise that 9/11 tends to be an exception to those who don't care for Sept 73, as it's the only one with a Dark Star (though I'll take 8/1's DS over 9/11, myself). Food for thought, anyway.

I also love Let me Sing Your Blues Away!

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Sep 11, 2010 5:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

Hi Cliff,

The Weather Report is one of my favorites, mainly because of the horns, the Row Jimmy is nice, and the Dew is huge but marred by an untimely AUD patch. I didn't really like the rest. The jams in Playin and Dark Star didn't do a lot for me. A 2 tune gig for the most part.

I'll give it another spin. Could be I just wasn't in the mood.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 11, 2010 6:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

Happy aesthetic anniversary, Cliff!

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Poster: gus manheim Date: Sep 11, 2010 6:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

today at noon edt on Sirius GD channel
[url]http://www.sirius.com/gratefuldead[/url]

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 11, 2010 6:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 11, 2010 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

It's one of Cliff's favorite shows. Great minds apparently think alike.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 11, 2010 4:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

Thank Lou!

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Poster: BVD Date: Sep 11, 2010 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

Agreed...nice show. Thanks for the reminder.

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Poster: gus manheim Date: Sep 11, 2010 10:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

listening now on Sirius is there anyway to remove the sax from an otherwise great show?

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Sep 11, 2010 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1973

Great review of the show - I Agree the horns can be a little hit or miss like this Archive - They seem to only really understand the Wake Of The Flood material - anything else they sort of make it up as they go along. I will be listening this morning here in the Valley of the (Cooling off) Sun!!!